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Monday, May 5th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette
Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren (210) Style Eye-Con No.7 Eyeshadow Palette ($59.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains seven eyeshadows that range from bright white to deep teal. It’s a new and limited edition palette for summer. The quality of the palette was very good, with only the blue being slightly powdery and a bit sheerer, but by no means was it even bad. Even though the palette is a rainbow of colors, they’re all noticeably muted–they’re not bright, neon, in-your-face colors, but rather a softer variation of a rainbow theme. For those who prefer more matte finishes, you’ll want to look elsewhere, as all seven shades are more frosted. All seven shades wore at least as long as eight hours with some lasting well after nine hours.

The Siren #1 is described as a “cloud white pearl.” It’s a bright, frosted white with subtle cool undertones. It had good color payoff, while the texture was dense, buttery, and smooth. Kat Von D Lunar Lights (P) is warmer. theBalm #11 (P, $6.50) is similar. Tarina Tarantino Dreamy #1 (P) is slightly warmer. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Crystal Avalanche (P, $15.00) is similar. MAC Chillproof (LE, $15.00) is brighter, more metallic. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #2 is described as a “rusty red pearl.” It’s a medium-dark red with warm, orange undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture felt so soft and smooth that it almost felt like a cream eyeshadow. NARS Cambodia (LE, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #2 (P, $9.99) is similar. Urban Decay Gash (DC, $18.00) is darker. Milani Primary #2 (P, $6.99) is similar. Milani I Heart You (P, $6.99) is more orange. MAC Crimson Tryst (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, darker. MAC Cranberry (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Spicy Smoke (LE, $32.50) is similar. Le Metier de Beaute Fire Lily (P, $30.00) is darker. Sugarpill Asylum (P, $12.00) is warmer, more metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #3 is described as a “copper shimmer.” It’s a slightly muted, medium-dark copper with warm, golden undertones and a frosoted finish. The color payoff was fantastic, while the texture was blendable and easy to work with. theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is lighter. theBalm #6 (P, $6.50) is browner. Makeup Geek Glamorous (P, $5.99) is less frosted. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is darker. Clarins The Essentials #6 (LE) is lighter. LORAC Gold (P) is similar. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more orange. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is darker. Urban Decay Chopper (P, $18.00) is lighter. NARS Isolde #1 (P, $24.00) is similar. bareMinerals Bragging Rights (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #4 is described as a “marigold shimmer.” It’s a light-medium, yellow gold with a frosted, almost metallic, finish. The pigmentation was opaque, and the eyeshadow felt soft and creamy. theBalm #40 (P, $6.50) is less metallic. MAC Lily White (2014) (LE, $21.00) is lighter. MAC Captivating #1 (LE, $21.00) is less metallic. theBalm D1 (LE, $16.00) is darker. NARS Goldfinger (P, $24.00) is cooler-toned. bareMinerals Rising Star (LE) is similar. bareMinerals Standing O (P) is lighter. Inglot #403 (P, $6.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #5 is described as a “seafoam pearl.” It’s a medium, seafoam green–a mix of blue and green, leaning green–with a soft, pearly sheen. The color payoff was great, and this shade was easily applied due to its soft, smooth, creamy texture. theBalm B2 (LE, $16.00) is lighter. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow (325) (LE, $4.99) is lighter. MAC Lucky in Love (LE, $21. is bluer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #6 is described as a “cobalt pearl.” It’s a cool-toned, purple-blue with a soft, pearly sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, but it was the least pigmented of the seven, and the texture was slightly powdery to work with. Sephora Collection My Boyfriend’s Jeans (19) (P, $13.00) is darker, bluer. Urban Decay Blue Bus (LE, $18.00) is purpler. MAC Wintersky (LE, $32.50) is purpler. Giorgio Armani Ecailles Black Pearl #2 (LE) is darker, purpler. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Technoir (P, $14.00) is darker. bareMinerals On the Rocks (P) is lighter, less pearly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Siren #7 is described as a “sea smoke glitter pearl.” It’s a deepened, dark teal with cool, blue undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was dense and buttery. bareMinerals Deep Sea (LE, $14.00) is less frosted. Sephora Collection Midnight Swim (16) (P, $13.00) is darker. Milani Mix It Up (P, $6.99) is slightly greener. bareMinerals Editor’s Pick (LE) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick
Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick

Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is supposed to be a “hydrating lipstick that creates full lips with intense color.” During the sale, I picked up three of the shades that were featured for summer to try out the formula. All three shades I tried had full color coverage with a creamy, light-to-medium weight texture that looked smooth and even when applied to the lips. They were lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, and longer-wearing. I didn’t notice any scent or taste, which is a nice bonus.

Sephora Cougar Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a vibrant, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a luminous finish. It’s a bit more sheen than a satin finish, but it’s not truly glossy. This shade wore well for six hours and left a stain behind, and the formula was creamy, comfortable to wear, and was lightly hydrating. Finding a neon pink has ever been as easy as it is these days–there are so many options just like this one. MAC Happy-Go-Lucky (LE, $16.00) is a touch darker. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Illamasqua Luster (P, $26.00) is lighter. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is darker, more matte. NARS Full Frontal (LE, $26.00) is darker. MAC Playtime (LE, $17.00) is pinker. MAC Outrageously Fun (LE, $16.00) is more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is darker. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Flamingo Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a brightened, light-medium coral-pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich, opaque color coverage that applied smoothly and evenly, and the color wore well for five hours. It was lightly hydrating and comfortable to wear. MAC Be a Lady (P, $22.00) is warmer. YSL Opera Rose (29) (P, $34.00) is lighter. YSL Caress Pink (9) (P, $34.00) is similar. Givenchy Rose Taffetas (201) (P, $36.00) is warmer. Buxom Mistress (LE, $21.00) is similar. MAC Hoop (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. MAC Force of Love (LE, $16.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sephora Samba Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12.50 for 0.14 oz.) is a slightly lightened medium orange with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had full, opaque color payoff in a single pass, and the color went on evenly and smoothly–no tugging or pulling at the lip at all. This shade wore well for five and a half hours, left a slight stain, and was lightly moisturizing while worn. Tom Ford Beauty Sweet Spot (05) (LE, $49.00) is sheerer, more muted. MAC Dreaming Dahlia (LE, $16.00) is slightly redder. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Sweet Grenadine (LE, $17.00) is darker. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is pinker. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is slightly more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

Here are the other three shades of Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.). (If you missed part one, check out the review here.) It’s a new (and permanent) formula that’s supposed to have “intensely saturated lip color with a precise tip applicator.” Too Faced says it has “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” The consistency is light-medium–not too thick but not runny or watery–and is squeezed out of the tube through a flocked, angled applicator. These next three shades were similar in application and quality to the first three, too, which is always a good thing! The pigmentation was intense, opaque, and the colors applied evenly. These wear a really long time, but these lighter shades didn’t stain as much as the deeper shades in the range. They’re not moisturizing on me, but they’re not drying and pretty comfortable to wear, even towards the end of the wear. The finish is a satin, which turns to a matte after three to four hours of wear, but they never fully set, so these aren’t transfer-proof.

Too Faced Melted Coral Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy coral.” It’s a light-medium orange with subtle reddish tones. It had a satin finish, fully opaque color, and lasted for six hours on me. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Kimber (P, $18.00) is more orange. NARS Torres del Paine (LE, $25.00) is lighter. theBalm First Officer (LE) is more matte. Givenchy Croisiere Coral (310) (LE, $36.00) is similar. MAC Sushi Kiss (LE, $16.00) is lighter, more orange. NARS Lodhi (P, $25.00) is similar. MAC Style Surge (P, $22.00) is a touch darker. MAC Razzledazzler (LE, $16.00) is a bit lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Peony Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “dusty rose.” It’s a light-medium, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a satin finish. It had rich color payoff that yielded full color coverage, which wore well for five hours. MAC How Darling (LE, $16.00) is slightly cooler-toned. Chanel Radieuse (217) (LE, $34.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Dreaminess (P, $22.00) is lighter, cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Too Faced Melted Nude Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ($21.00 for 0.40 fl. oz.) is described as a “neutral nude.” It’s a medium, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation that was opaque and smooth on the lips. This shade wore well for five hours, which is on the shorter end for this formula. MAC Sensual Sparks (LE, $16.00) is darker. Givenchy Beige Mousseline (101) (P, $36.00) is similar. MAC Sweet & Sour (LE, $16.00) is lighter. NARS Biscayne Park (P, $25.00) is slightly darker. MAC Posh Tone (P, $22.00) is darker. MAC Delectable (LE, $16.00) is slightly darker. MAC Wholesome (LE, $16.00) is similar. MAC Cozy Up (LE, $16.00) is also similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel
Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel

Chanel Cheeky (79) Blush Creme de Chanel ($38.00 for 0.09 oz.) is described as a “rose with bronze tint.” It’s a medium brown with subtle rosiness and neutral-to-warm undertones. It had a satin-mate finish when applied. Revlon Naughty Nude (006) (P, $9.99) is lighter, more shimmery, powder. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is more shimmery, powder. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Regular readers will know that Chanel’s cream blush is one of my favorites (actually, if pressed, it is THE favorite). It has a cream-to-powder formulation, which means that initially, it feels like a cream blush, but as it gets applied to the skin, it becomes a powder, which means it easily blends on top of foundation or bare skin, goes on evenly and smoothly, and never looks powdery or caky. The finish is satin-matte, which gives it a very believable, natural finish that’s not too dewy or luminous, but it’s also not flat. On fairer skin tones than mine, it might work as a contour as well. It had excellent, true-to-pan color payoff that could be applied as richly or as subtly as desired. When I tested it, the color wore well for ten hours before lightly fading.

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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d'Ombre Eyeshadow
Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow

Chanel Mirage (95) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “bronze.” It’s a golden, medium-dark bronze with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was lightly creamy, velvety, and easy to blend on the lid. This shade wore well for twelve hours before slightly fading. MAC Crushed Clove (P, $15.00) is lighter, powder. bareMinerals Hot Commodity (LE) is less metallic, powder. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #4 (LE, $16.00) is lighter, powder. Too Faced Buttered Rum (LE, $16.00) is similar, powder. Chanel Initiation (827) (LE, $36.00) is more glittery but still similar in color. Maybelline Downtown Brown (P, $6.99) is similar, powder. Urban Decay Suspect (LE, $18.00) is lighter, powder. MAC Woodwinked (P, $15.00) is darker, powder. Benefit Thanks a Latte (P, $20.00) is lighter, powder. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel Utopia (96) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “luminous lavender.” It’s a pink-purple with a frosted, metallic finish and very fine sparkle. It had slightly cool undertones. The texture was velvety and smooth, but the color payoff was semi-opaque; buildable to a point but not fully opaque. This shade wore well for ten hours on me before starting to fade. MAC Great Beyond #2 (LE, $21.00) is darker, powder. Urban Decay Grifter (P, $18.00) is brighter, cooler-toned, powder. MAC Kitschmas (P, $21.00) is warmer, powder. Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Chanel New Moon (97) Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow ($36.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “iridescent copper.” It’s a glittery, medium-dark brown with warm, red undertones and a metallic finish. The texture had that velvety, spongy feel that is expected from this formula, but it doesn’t apply as smoothly–looks almost gritty at times–due to the high glitter content. It had fairly good color payoff, but it seemed more prone to fading over time and only wore well for nine hours on me. Clarins The Essentials #9 (LE) is less glittery, powder. Makeup Geek Blitz (P, $6.99) is less glittery, powder. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Chateau (LE) is less glittery, cooler-toned, powder. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum (LE, $40.00) is cooler-toned. Guerlain Les Fauves #1 (LE) is less glittery, powder. Estee Lauder Violet Underground #2 (LE, $21.00) is less glittery, powder. Chanel Ebloui (P, $36.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a warm-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from warm beiges to dark black to gold to brown. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from eight to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

Entomology is described as a “matte cream.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with a satin-matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being too powdery. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Wrath is described as a “deep pearl orange.” It’s a medium-dark, copper-brown with a satin-matte finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and blendable. It lasted well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Papilio is described as a “pearl chocolate.” It’s a medium-dark, bronzy brown with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent color payoff with a soft, buttery texture that was easy to work with and wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summerfly is described as a “glitter gold.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery-gold with a sparkly finish. The base had really good pigmentation, but the texture was a little gritty from the glitter/sparkle. The color itself stayed on for a solid eight and a half hours, but there was noticeable fall out. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Telepathy is described as a “pearl gold.” It’s a dirty golden beige with warm undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. The texture was creamy, buttery, and dense, while the color payoff was very good. It wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Killing Jar is described as a “pearl copper.” It’s a light-medium, peachy-orange with warm undertones and a gold, frosted finish. It had great color payoff, and while the texture was blendable and soft, it was a smidgen powdery. This shade didn’t show signs of fading until after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Delaney is described as a “pearl silver.” It’s a warm-toned, pewter with bronzy tones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. The color lasted for just over eight ours on me before starting to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Vanish is described as a “matte taupe.” It’s a medium, warm-toned caramel-taupe with a matte finish. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and velvety without being powdery, and the resulting color payoff was excellent. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tiny Death is described as a “glitter cream.” It’s a light, yellow-toned beige with white sparkle over a matte base. The actual eyeshadow base wears for eight hours and is soft without being too powdery, but the glitter/sparkle doesn’t stick, so it just goes off on its own. Most of it gets trapped in the brush, so you don’t see it translate onto the lid (which also means that there’s not much fall out). See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Disintegration is described as a “pearl brown.” It’s a murky, olive-brown with warm undertones and a golden bronze shimmer. It had great pigmentation, and the texture was blendable and finely-milled, though slightly powdery. The color wore well for eight hours when I tested it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Shadow Box is described as a “matte chocolate.” It’s a deep, dark brown with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was finely-milled, velvety, and soft. It wasn’t powdery, but it seemed a little thin. This shade managed to last for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Deadhead is described as a “matte black.” It’s a medium-dark black with a matte finish. The texture was somewhat powdery and dry, so it had decent to good color payoff, but it wasn’t fully opaque. It was buildable, though, so you could definitely get it to be truer-to-pan if desired. It wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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